Fantasy, Young Adults
Red Queen, Book # 1
February 10th 2015
July 27, 2019 August 1, 2019
MARE BARROW'S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
About the book
Red Queen is the first book in the homonymous series written by Victoria Aveyard. In this first book the story is narrated in first person by Mare, a 17 year old girl who’s about to become 18 and this means the army. I fact in this fantasy world there is a division between people with silver blood, people with privileges, the nobles and with powers (fire, metal, water or mind manipulation) and people, like Mare, with red blood, the commoners without powers and privileges. The ones who don’t have a job by 18 years old, are sent to the front to fight for the Silvers in a war that is so dated that no one remembers what they’re fighting for. But Norda, the nation where the narration takes place, is fighting with the neighbouring nations and only the Reds can fight because their lives don’t count.
One night, Mare is stealing near a tavern where one of the patrons finds her and start to talk to her. The next day Mare finds guards in her home and she is takes to the summer residence of the King. She thinks that she’s taken because of a fact that happened the day before, something that involves her little sister, but soon she discover that it’s thanks to that stranger that now she has a job. So she goes with the gards and she arrives just in time for the queen tournament in which the princes choose their future wives. But an accident shows her power so the court to hide the fact that a Red has powers that only the Silvers have, Mare becomes the future wife of the cadet prince Maven, because as second born he won’t be the king and the king can’t have a Red as wife. And because this needs to be hidden, Mare begins her new life from robber to princess.
But not everything is smooth and good, the queen has doubts and she subjects Mare to hard training. Moreover the Silvers need to take down the Scarlet Guard who wants equity between Silvers and Reds. But they become terrorists when the kill some Silvers at a ball which Mare attends.
I really like the book at the beginning and I give 4 stars because of that, I don’t like the ending that much. I know that it’s a series, so the story doesn’t end with the book but I would have liked an ending now. Maybe, after reading the next book I won’t think like that. It’s only on me and my will of having the ending right now. But I need to say that I like the story, the fact that there is a division between silver and red blood is what draw me to the book.
And I like Mare, well not her nature to sacrifice herself for Kilorn, one of her friends. I like that she has powers even if she’s a red and I like that she is a bit rebellious. I like her relationship with her brothers, I like the “earrings thing” that her brothers give to the two sisters, I find it original, but I don’t like that she things about herself in a negative way and that she think that her family doesn’t love her or how her parents treat her. I don’t know whether we will meet again with her parents but I hope their behaviour will change.
I like prince Cal but not all book long. At the beginning I liked Maven more and I liked the two brothers’ relationship at the start but not at the end…
Even if I would have liked an ending in this book I will read the next book because I want to know what happens to the rebels now that someone joined them. But I still don’t like Kilorn.